This interdisciplinary research group concerns itself with the body as a source of creative material and notions of embodiment in cultural contexts.
Creative Corporealities is an interdisciplinary research group that responds to a contemporary revision in notions of humanity, felt both viscerally and intellectually, for which the predominant answer is embodiment and creativity.
Who we are
We are practitioners and academics working across a wide range of disciplines, based at Bath Spa University, with research themes accommodated under the banner of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries. Creative Corporealities concerns itself with embodiment as a source of creative practice, with its own causalities and politics. We develop and observe disciplinary practices that engage and affect a body that is generative of creative processes.
We are also on the steering group for the Research Centre for the Environmental Humanities, representing performance and arts research.
Our researchers are engaged in projects that have been funded by organisations such as the Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
One Lost Stone
Thomas Kampe (director)
£84k Heritage Lottery Arts funding
One Lost Stone is a site responsive performance piece researching the hidden legacy of Sephardic Jews in London, and was performed at Novo Cemetery in London. This formed part of the project Discovering and Documenting England’s Lost Jews, a production in collaboration with the Pascal Theatre company, which looked to use performative and embodied means to investigate hidden and reluctant British histories.
‘Spectred Isle’ is a practice based PhD project. The film will be site responsive, taking place at the ruins of Poltimore House in Devon. The project engages with Hauntology in practice, seeking to investigate notions of ‘broken time’ through an embodied performative approach.
Book - The Imagining Body in Performer Training: The Legacy of Jacques Lecoq and Gaston Bachelard
Bath Spa's Ellie Nixon is currently writing a monograph titled The Imagining Body in Performer Training: The Legacy of Jacques Lecoq and Gaston Bachelard as part of the Perspectives on Performer Training Book Series, to be published by Routledge in 2019.
Body IQ festival
BODY IQ is an international symposium and festival that celebrates ourselves as living, pulsating bodies. Without the body there is no experience and without experience there is no ground for intelligence. It is a festival of and by the conscious body - ensuring discovery, exchange and unexpected synergies.
50 international experts, artists and teachers will gather distinctions and commonalities of somatic approaches, then disseminate them into a wide spectrum of applications, penetrating - from arts to healing to politics - many domains of human activity.
This festival aspires to be a platform that generates impulses for the knowledge, wisdom and wonder of the conscious, human form.
displaced/displayed: re-enacting dances of migration
Artistic direction: Thomas Kampe
Editorial direction: Manuela Jara
Choreographic direction and research: Carol Brown
Sound: Russell Scoones
Video artist: Meek Zuiderwyk
Video assistant: Freddie Errazo
The New Zealand Dance Company: Carl Tolentino, Lucy Lynch, Chris Ofanoa, Katie Rudd
*This performance will be featured as part of a major exhibition at the Theatre Museum Vienna in March 2019.
Displaced/displayed re-activates the legacy of Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (Vienna 1890 – Sydney 1959) and her dancers within a context of global transmission of dance knowledge through crisis, diaspora and exile. This installation coincides with the 80th anniversary of Bodenwieser’s exile from Europe and celebrates the possibility of a nearly lost avant-garde to remain.
It builds on artistic research undertaken by Kampe and Brown between 2014 and 2017 (‘Releasing the Archive’, Auckland, Berlin, Hannover, Bath, Tel Aviv and Vienna) in collaboration with The New Zealand Dance Company and international scholars. The installation draws on video footage of choreographic work developed through the re-enacting of archival material of ex-Bodenwieser dancers Shona Dunlop-McTavish, Hillary Napier and Hilde Holger. The installation explores practices of displacement, doubling and fragmenting of recorded material to echo and honour the labour of lost modernist dancers and dances of exile.
With thanks to Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, Shona McCullagh, Barbara Cuckson, Laure Guilbert, Neil Glen, Anthony Head, Kirsten Seeligmüller. The project was supported through Bath Spa University and University of Auckland.
The Last Hurrah
The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul) is a collaborative practice-based research project between Rew Lowe and Matt Law responding to questions of ecological urgency through performance practice : ‘How might we communicate the issue of climate change in such a way as to at once engage people whilst also moving them to some form of positive action or behavioural change?’
ScreenDanceSpace is a Bath Spa based research and practice environment that fosters engagement with screendance, organised by Chris Lewis-Smith. A three day symposium in June 2018, representing the first event of ScreenDanceSpace, attracted undergraduate and postgraduate screendance makers from within and beyond the university, forming a broad community of emerging international artists.
The second event, a screening of postgraduate work, took place in the University theatre on 20 February 2019, and a second symposium, where screendance makers will collaborate with script writers, is planned for June 2019.
Water. Life. Trade. A cycle of participatory performative walks and creative dialogues in Bath and along the River Avon. From rain to river to sea to sky and back: walking-with heritage, memories, silences, absences, stories, relics
There will be a series of presentations by members of the Creative Corporealites research group and outside guest speakers. These will take place in May/June 2019. These are supported by Bath Spa University Quality Research funding.
Unless otherwise stated, our events are free and open to staff, students and members of the public. Our public lectures are likely to be of broadest interest, while research seminars are intended primarily for staff and postgraduate students.
Relational intelligence: a contact improvisation and ensemble improvisation skills workshop
24 May from 6PM to 9PM; 25 and 26 May - 10AM to 6PM
Kingswood State - dance Studio 1 - Bristol BS15 8DB
£185 full price; £165 early bird until the end of March
Presented by Nita Little; organised by member Silvia Carderelli-Gronau
When bodies meet, intelligence is found in the quality of touch, the organization of physical forms, the ability to share the physics of motion, timing, and the giving and receiving of weight – but it is also and particularly in our ability to communicate.
In this workshop we will study tonal states in order to enhance dancer’s ability to in-form one another, cast physical attention into and through different spaces of being and within one another’s flesh, so as to speak to one another in the language and varieties of presence.
This work is for dancers whose Contact Improvisation practice is beyond the beginning levels - those familiar with inversions, easy weight exchange, and familiar with changing states. Expect to be touched on all levels.
Nita Little is a dance activist for relational intelligence, a purpose which began with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI). Specializing in dance improvisation as a choreographic, performance, and research form, Little shapes dancer’s physical attention in order to investigate the technical and creative potentials of embodiment. She is a visiting fellow at CCRG.
Place#1 Conversations and Confinement
17 April 6PM to 10PM
The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
Organised by member Chris Lewis-Smith
Screendance makers from Bath Spa University have been selected to curate and screen a collection of student works at ‘Place#1 Conversations and Confinement’, an exhibition being held in Bristol this April.
Organised by Penultimate Theatre Company the event will showcase new works from emerging artists. Films will be chosen by postgraduate dance students who will be at the event to introduce and discuss them.